Just last year, I wrote about leadership changes at DEFENDER Direct, the country’s leading ADT dealer, when longtime employee Marcia Barnes took over as CEO and president, replacing company founder David Lindsey, who was stepping down to do philanthropic work.
Now, about 15 months later, Barnes is out and Lindsey is back in his old job, according to a recent news release from the Indianapolis-based company.
Here’s some of what the company had to say:
Lindsey replaces Marcia Barnes, who has left the company to pursue other business interests. … “The board and I are grateful for Marcia’s 13 years of leadership in the company, which helped us achieve our strong growth,” said Lindsey. “Our company is at an exciting point in its journey and I look forward to continuing that momentum.”
The release also said that, “the company has named Brad Cumings as chief marketing officer and has promoted Scott DeNardin to the role of regional VP of its HVAC business division.”
Founded in 1998, DEFENDER bills itself as the nation’s leading ADT dealer. It has more than 2,400 employees in 50 states and more than 140 branch offices, according to the company. Its residential services include offerings from Williams Comfort Air, a heating, cooling and plumbing company.
Barnes had been with the company since its early years and worked closely with Lindsey, rising to the rank of president before she became CEO. I’ve got a call in to DEFENDER to learn more about what the latest leadership change will mean for the company. Stay posted!